For real, can we talk about pee? Not when your newborn pees on you or your toddler pees all over the seat, but mom pee. That’s right, I’m going to go there. If almost every mom has done this at one point or another, then why is it such a taboo topic?
Let’s be honest; when little humans use your bladder as a trampoline and then punch and kick it a few times for good measure on the way out, there are sometimes lasting effects. If you are in the small percentage of moms who can sneeze or cough without crossing your legs to avoid peeing yourself, then give yourself a pat on the back.
I’ve had several conversations with friends lately where they shamefully revealed that they have peed themselves. One friend did it while running, another while doing jumping jacks and a third during yoga. Side note: exercise makes you pee yourself, which will be my excuse for avoiding it this week.
Ok, so why is everyone peeing themselves? The most common reason is weakened pelvic floor muscles. You know the muscles you squeeze to do kegels? Yup, same ones!
Aging, childbirth and genetics are usually to blame for this. Some other factors to consider are your weight and your diet. A study from The Journal of Urology (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2866035/) showed that a higher BMI could increase your risk of urinary incontinence by up to 70%. In layman’s terms, shedding a few pounds could help. You could also try cutting back on carbonated drinks and caffeine and see if that helps.
But the best way to fix the problem is to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. So how do you work out these muscles? Personal trainer for your vagina? Maybe Planet Fitness has a special machine for this? Nope, but I promise there is an easy solution . . . kegel exercises!
Every time you are stopped at a red light -squeeze! Every time you are standing in line at the grocery store, do a set of ten. Every time you are sitting through a boring meeting, make it your dirty secret and work those vaginal muscles! Every time you are having sex . . . you get the idea, right?
For a kegel tutorial, go here: https://www.nafc.org/kegel?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&...
Coincidentally, when your pelvic floor muscles are tight and toned, you will have also have longer, stronger orgasms. Basically, you’ll stop peeing yourself AND have better orgasms.
Of course, I’m not a doctor and if you are having pain or continued issues, you should consult with a physician. But in the meantime, kegel, baby, kegel.